Category Archives: Exercise

You Can Do It!

Hey again everyone! I hope everyone is having a good Monday, and had a good weekend! Can you believe Thanksgiving is in three days?! I’m quite looking forward to it, and the Christmas season, but I just can’t believe it’s already that time of year.

.

So the big news today is that I weighed in and lost FOUR POUNDS! I am so excited! I’m also just kind of amazed. I wouldn’t call it easy, but it’s definitely so doable that I’m sitting here thinking, “Why have I been this heavy this long?!?” So that was pretty exciting! I am now firmly in the 250s, on my way down to the 240s! I walked 3 miles today already! 🙂

.

I’m also going to attempt to take it easy this week, more than normal, considering I am going to allow myself a normal, food-soaked Thanksgving. For me, it’s important not to deprive myself of things, especially since food is something I really look forward to. It’s a deep psychological issue for me, but I still have to wean myself from that kind of thinking slowly. And, come on! Thanksgiving is something everyone looks forward to! I’m all about not feeling too guilty on Thanksgiving.

.

Also: this is sort of random, but I came across this photo on TheMetaPicture.com (a site that posts random funny, cute, newsworthy, etc. stuff from around the ‘net) and I thought I would share it here. I was floored! Check this out for inspiration!!! (I apologize for it being such a tall photo! It’s well worth it! Click the photo to see it full size.)

.

.

.

I was considering what I wanted to write about today, along with my weigh-in and the latest inspirational photo, and I figured this was as good a time as any to write about something that has been on my mind for a long, long time. That is, way before this current weight loss notion was present; I’ve been thinking about this for all the years I have been heavy! I always say to myself and others: You can still do anything you want, weight by damned.

.

And of course, that’s not entirely true. I probably can’t take part in a triathlon and live to see the next sunrise. I can’t climb Mount Everest. I can’t fit into a size 8 dress. I can’t be a supermodel – at least not by today’s standards. But here’s what I can do: I can dance with my friends in the living room for 3 hours. Even if I’m out of breath and sweating up a storm, I’m happy and I’m still moving. I can hike around a hilly state park all day, climbing hundreds of stairs with a 30-pound backpack on my back, taking photos I will cherish forever. I can take silly jumping pictures with my friends on a warm autumn day. I can walk my dog anywhere we want to go. I can lug heavy groceries in both arms and make it up the stairs to a second-story apartment. I can squat, lie or sit down on the ground for the perfect angle for a photograph. I can do all of these things and more, even though I am 256 pounds. The weight doesn’t stop me. Yes, it makes a LOT of things harder, that’s for dang sure, but it doesn’t stop me.

.

And it shouldn’t stop you.

.

By all means – please, please don’t endanger your life doing things you legitimately can’t do. If you can’t walk the 6 miles around the park, don’t do it – work up to it! If you can’t fit into a size 10, wear the size you can fit into and work to get down to that size. My point is that so much of it is mental. So much of the struggle is mental, and so much of the progress is mental. It’s all in what you tell yourself and allow yourself to do – or not do. And a lot of it is laziness. I’m one of the laziest people I know, I swear. Sometimes I think, “Man, it would be easier to sit here on the couch instead of joining in on the hike around the lake.” But sometimes you just have to kick yourself in the pants and go, “Ya know what? I really want to do this, and I can, physically. My weight may make it more difficult, but heck if I’m going to let the world pass me by!” So that’s my little message today: don’t let the world pass you by today. Don’t let it pass you by any day. Whenever there’s opposition to my being able to do something due to my weight, I just say, “I can do anything.” Those four words can be profound in a lot of ways. Let it be profound for you, too.

.

And so I ask you, readers:

.

What’s that one (or two, or ten) thing that you are proud you can still do, even though your weight makes it more difficult?

.

If you’re not overweight, what’s something you’re proud you can do even though it’s easier not to do it and/or give up? What’s something in your life you’re glad you’ve persevered through? Answer in the comments, or message/email me! 🙂

.

Life is so darn short. I think about that all the time. It’s such a cliche, but it is perhaps the most true of all the cliches that exist. Yes, you may be heavy, or you may have some sort of other issue – mental, physical, emotional – that makes something harder to do. But you can do it. And this life is too short to think otherwise.

Two Pounds Gone!

Hey everyone! Sorry I’ve been kind of MIA! I hope everyone is doing well!

.

I had an early weigh-in today (it should be Tuesdays) and I lost two pounds! Yay! It’s not a ton, but it’s just about right, and, heck, two pounds is two pounds! So that’s exciting! I hope they’re two pounds I’ll never see again!

.

I’m not quite sure I have anything interesting to say today, except that I’ve been thinking about the holidays a lot and I just can’t believe it’s that time of year again. I mean, just… where did 2011 go!?!?! It flew by. Every year is flying by faster and faster and I’m only 24! Where the heck did all of that time go?!

.

Anyway, what are your holiday plans? Where are you headed for Thanksgiving next week? (Next week!?!?!!) I’m headed to my sister’s, not too far from here. We’ll have 16 people and I’m quite looking forward to it. I love Thanksgiving! It’s one of the holidays that I really, really look forward to because I so associate it with my family and good times – dancing, eating, laughing, games. I’m so excited for it this year!

.

Of course, like I said, there’s lot of eating. I refuse to lie about being excited to death about the food. LOL It’s just the truth. I think most of us are probably excited about the dinner spreads that will be laid out before us! I’m going to eat what I’d like on that day, but, as my aunt suggested, try to take it easy the few days before. Does anyone have any tried-and-true tricks for holiday eating? Let me know in the comments!

.

My exercising has been a little sporadic these last couple of weeks. I hate to use my illness of last week as an excuse, but man, I’ve been coughing ever since! But I walked with my mom and aunt (and dog Elvis!) today and did a little bit of cardio On Demand. I hope to get rid of this cough and really get into exercising everyday.

.

A fun little trick that my best friend Leigh and I have been doing lately is texting each other randomly to do different little exercises – jumping jacks, leg lifts, squats, crunches, etc. She’ll send me a text out of nowhere that yells, “DO TEN JUMPING JACKS!” and I stand up and do them, then report back! It’s actually pretty fun, and it’s a good little mini-exercise session! It’s fun to see if I can do more than that, too, right then. Try it out with a friend!

.

Anyway, sorry that this one isn’t more interesting! LOL I hope to do another post, a better one, this week! I have a lot of ideas for this blog!

.

And, just for fun here, since I want to try to add photos wherever I can, I will include a really great political cartoon that I saw circulating Facebook last week. I love Christmas, but I think it belongs after Thanksgiving! So this comic is great! Feel free to spread it around. 🙂

.

You tell him, turkey!

Dancing

So I think I found one of the keys to my weight loss.

.

.

DANCING.

.

If I dance every day like I danced last night, I can lose this weight in no time! And it’s so good for the soul. If you’re feeling down and/or want to exercise… get up and dance!

.

.

Me, dancing last night – 11/2/11

.

My best friends Leigh, Rebecca and I dancing last night – 11/2/11

.

Leigh, Rebecca and I – 11/2/11

.

Happy 23rd Birthday, Rebecca!

.

Day 1!

Hello! I hope I have more than 1 or 2 people reading this! lol Maybe my readership will grow as my travels through weight loss land continue; hopefully it will!

.

I weighed in at 262 pounds today – day 1! It’s not my highest weight ever (that would be around 285, in August 2010), but it’s still a daunting number. I have to lose 63 whole pounds to get to one of my major goals – 199!

.

But the mentality has to change. Baby steps! (And baby carrots.) I also keep sabotaging myself by thinking it’ll take sooooo much weight to look different. But I’m assured that I will start to look different after not-as-many pounds! So here’s hoping I look different 63 pounds from now!

.

Food is a friend and an enemy to me. I use it emotionally, and I use it when I’m bored. And those things need to stop! I love food, but it does not always love my hips! So there are some bad habits that need fixing. I also need to pick up the exercise! Blech! Hopefully, after 21 days, it shall be a good habit!

.

.

This will probably be a tough journey for me, so I need lots of encouragement! I hope to really use this as a place to open up and share my troubles and mentalities and all of that that needs to change for me to get healthy and more svelte. I hope, also, to post some fun things – like my “non-scale victories” and hopes. (I dream of killer bikinis!) So please, drop in with a comment or question, anything you’d like. I might do Q&As, too, if I have the readers and the desires. That could be fun! I have lots of ideas.

.

Also, look around at the tabs along the top of the site; it’s more about me, this blog, etc. My measurements and progress photos are up there as well! Comment/email me about anything you’d like. 🙂

.

Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

.